Kratom is an herbal leaf with medicinal properties that grows from a large tree called Mitragyna speciosa. This tree is native to countries in Southeast Asia particularly Myanmar, Malaysia and Thailand. The locals use kratom in various ways: as a stimulant, a sedative, pain reliever, medicine for diarrhea, anti-depressant, or as opium substitute. Kratom is ingested either by chewing, drinking (grinding the leaves into tea powder or mixing with coffee) and smoking.
The Beneficial Uses of Kratom
When kratom is used in low doses, it can substantially reduce fatigue and induce a feeling of mild euphoria. Although kratom in low doses is not known to interfere with a person's daily activities, kratom users are advised to not perform any action that requires their full attention, such as driving or handling heavy machinery. Kratom contains epicatechin, an anti-oxidant. It also includes alkaloids that are said to have positive effects on a person's immune system. Kratom has also been found effective in lowering blood pressure.
The main active ingredient in kratom is mitragynine, and it is known to affect a person's mood and anxiety levels, thus acting as an anti-depressant. The same ingredient is also known to alleviate pain. There are also reports of people with hay fever getting well after kratom use. Many people also claim that using kratom helped them get better from a number of different illnesses, and appears to have various medicinal uses.
The Negative Effects of Excessive Kratom Use
Kratom is known to cause skin darkening on people who have used it frequently. It is said to have qualities akin to both stimulants and depressants, and taking it in large doses can lead to inactivity. People who stopped using kratom were observed to have withdrawal symptoms, but these symptoms were considerably milder than opiate users. Along with stimulant and depressant effects, mitragynine, the active ingredient in kratom, also has a similar chemical structure to that of a psychedelic. There have been reports of people experiencing closed-eye visualizations after they buy kratom online and use the product.
Kratom is not an illegal drug, and can be easily purchased from stores that sell alternative or herbal medicine. One can also buy kratom online.